Hello! Today, in addition to the Premier League matches and the first semi-final match of the FA Cup, the next round of the Championship is also interesting, which is also nearing the finish. In the last round there were a lot of unexpected results that influenced the standings of the standings, such as the destruction of the team of Frank Lampard Rotherham with a score of 6-1. Leeds United's strong-willed victory against Millwall 3-2. The defeat of Sheffield United with a score of 2-3 from Bristol City and much more interesting.
In the upcoming tour there will also be many interesting matches. Like for example the match Millwall - West Bromwich. The very Millwall that Leeds nearly knocked out of the race to qualify for the Premier League will take in this round at its stadium the thrushes, who also did not lose chances for second place. Millwall is able to cause problems to any opponent and in home games "lions" is much more dangerous than in the away. However, West Brom this season one of the best guest teams, in the past 10 guest matches, "Throstles" lost only to Leeds and Blackburn, but they never won guest matches with Millwall. The Dockers are dangerously close to the relegation zone, and "Throstles" have access to the Premier League at stake, so that in this match, we will have a bitter struggle and goals from both sides.
I also think it would be interesting to watch the confrontation of Preston North End and Sheffield United. Preston this season has overcome the path from the worst team of the league to the team able to compete for access to the Premier League. They had a fantastic segment in the championship, where they did not lose for 12 matches, but there was a lot of luck in that. Now Preston will have to play with a very strong opponent, who is almost at the peak of form. In the last round, the “blades” quite unexpectedly lost to Bristol City at their stadium, but the defeat was not a failure. The defense of the "blades" is still good, and with an attack of complete order, so it is worth waiting for them to win in today's match.
The fight for getting into the playoff zone this season is incredibly serious, just 7 teams claim a place in the top-6. In this round will be another match between the contenders for a place in the playoffs. Sheffield Wednesday - Aston Villa. For most of the season, Aston Villa walked like a “lame horse,” sorry for comparing. Often, they did not lose to the most serious rivals, in many matches that ended in a draw, they lacked only a little bit to win. After the change of coach last fall, the team was no better, and the season seemed to have failed, and the struggle to enter the Premier League is postponed to the next season. But five wins in the last five rounds allowed the team to break into the top 6. Steve Bruce, who was fired from Aston Villa in the fall, recently led Sheffield Wednesday and, under his leadership, the Owls have not lost five games in a row. In general, Wednesday is not losing for 12 matches, all the main players of the team in the ranks, the defense is one of the best in the league. Also, the advantage of "owls" will be Steve Bruce, who knows his former team very well, which did not change much in his absence. Goals in this match will certainly be, but given the fact that both teams very often reduce the matches to a draw result to assume that one of the teams will win today is too risky.
The leaders of the Championship - Norwich City and Leeds United today will play with the QPR and Birmingham, respectively. Norwich has been too good lately, often winning victories “in class” over rivals, moreover “canaries” are playing on the home arena. Their rival is too weak and plays badly in guest matches, only Norwich can prevent Norwich here.
Leeds goes to Birmingham, which has recently been experiencing very severe difficulties. The team lost five games in a row, and after removing 9 points from them due to large debts, the team came close to the relegation zone. All this is of little concern to Leeds, “peacocks” a few steps away from entering the Premier League and matches with such rivals should not cause serious problems for the leader.